SALUT MONA LISA

We went to the Louvre! Wow it is always a humbling experience, and frankly I have been putting it off in fear of big lineups. Last night we went for a stroll, and the museum was open till 9:30 pm which I did not know so it was a real lucky strike. No lineups at all, we walked in, got tickets, and went to say hello to La Gioconda, otherwise also known as Mona Lisa.

 

Hello.       

Hello. 

 

 

Dante wanted a picture in front of this enormous painting. It is  'Les Noces de Cana' by Veronese (Paolo Caliari), from 1563.

Dante wanted a picture in front of this enormous painting. It is  'Les Noces de Cana' by Veronese (Paolo Caliari), from 1563.

Love this. It is in one of the main stairwells. It is The   Winged Victory of Samothrace  , also called the   Nike of Samothrace.

Love this. It is in one of the main stairwells. It is The Winged Victory of Samothrace, also called the Nike of Samothrace.

Remember this? We have a picture book of the vegetable guys of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, appr. 1573. He made four of them, one for each season. This is summer.

Remember this? We have a picture book of the vegetable guys of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, appr. 1573. He made four of them, one for each season. This is summer.

This very cool bowl with all kinds of animals was in the new Islamic Art collection. It is from Iran!   

This very cool bowl with all kinds of animals was in the new Islamic Art collection. It is from Iran!

 

...and Lili of course loved anything with horses. 

...and Lili of course loved anything with horses. 

These marble ladies are from Greece, about 2700 - 2300 BC. Amazing!  Their poise and comportment make me think of yoga people.

These marble ladies are from Greece, about 2700 - 2300 BC. Amazing!  Their poise and comportment make me think of yoga people.

Outside in the evening sun. 

Outside in the evening sun.